By now you may have heard that Saturday, May 21 is the beginning of the end. It's on that day- about 6:00 pm local time, that the Rapture is supposed to take place, whisking all true Christians into heaven. Everyone else will have to endure a time of terrible suffering until the world ends on October 21.
At least that is what is going to happen according to Harold Camping. The 89 year old founder of Family Radio and his followers have been posting billboards around the country to let people know that Jesus is coming soon and everyone should get ready. Of course, he also beleived
- The world would end in 1994
- All churches are apostate (fraudulent)
- No one has been 'saved' since 1994
- The Holy Spirit has left the Church
- ...you get the idea.
Predicting the end of the world is nothing new, of course. The best-selling book in the 70's was Hal Lindsay's The Late, Great Planet Earth. Lindsay predicted that the world would end no later than 1988. One web page listed some of the more notable (more than 50 are listed) other attempts to predict the end of time (I don't endorse this page, but the list is interesting).
Is Camping right? Not likely- though since I don't know when Christ is coming again, my guess is as good as anyone else's. But that's the point- it's all just a guess.
Once in awhile someone will ask me to do a class othe Book of Revelation. I usually decline because it is akin to quicksand- easy to get in, hard to get out, but I'll address this piece in the sermon on Sunday. The topic ties in with what I was going to talk about anyway and I know a lot of people have a lot of genuine questions about it. I'll give you my best thoughts even as I know there are many people who have a different take on it. You can make up your own mind from there. Of course, if we are all here on Sunday, that will prove something, so 'Save the Date'- May 22!
And, if I'm wrong, it's not like it's the end of the world.